Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II has died. The Parish Council and the people of Botley and North Hinksey are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of the Queen. Books of Condolence will be opened in the following locations and for those who wish to pay their respects.

  • Ground floor foyer below the Library in 5 Church Way, across from West Way shopping centre: Open Mon-Fri 8:30 to 5, Saturday morning 9am to 1pm
  • St. Peter & St Paul Church, West Way
  • St. Lawrence Church, North Hinksey Village

In addition, parishioners may want to access the Buckingham Palace e-book of condolence (https://www.royal.uk/royal-family).  A designated area will been marked out on the grass area at the front of St. Peter & St. Paul Church, West Way for those who wish to pay their respects by laying flowers.

The image of the Queen is supplied by the Oxford Mail and shows the Queen on a visit to Oxford Castle in 2006

A420 temporary closure 13 to 25 Sept

A420 temporary closure 13 to 25 Sept

7pm to 6am closure 13th to 25th September with diversion in place.

Oxfordshire County Council will be undertaking carriageway maintenance work on the A420 (eastbound) at North Hinksey between Tilbury Lane bridge and Seacourt Lane. The works are programmed to start on Tuesday 13th September 2022 and are expected to last for up to 9 shifts, subject to any bad weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances arising during construction. 

The works will include replacing damaged ironwork, resurfacing of the existing carriageway and the replacement of road markings. To enable these activities to be carried out safely the work will be done in the following phases: 

  • Phase 1: Tuesday 13th September to Monday 19th September, 19:00 to 06:00hrs – eastbound road closure to enable preparation work to be carried out, including replacing damaged ironwork. A signed diversion route will be put in place during this period. 
  • Phase 2: Tuesday 20th September to Friday 23rd September, 19:00 to 06:00hrs – eastbound road closure to enable the resurfacing work to be carried out and replacement of road markings. A signed diversion route will be put in place during this period. The A420 will be reopened to traffic when safe to do so outside of these periods. 

 Several methods of communication are being used to keep you informed of these works: 

  • Signs are being placed on site to forewarn road users in advance of the works. 
  • A maintenance information website, which will be updated should any changes occur
  • Click to view a drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic.

If you think the works will cause you problems with access or deliveries or if you require further information, then please contact the appropriate person below:

Proposed name changes to your council: have your say

Proposed name changes to your council: have your say

Consultation closes 29th July: proposed changes to the naming of North Hinksey Parish Council. A Community Governance Review is carried out every four years. In this review we have requested two changes to the naming of our Council:

  • to include ‘Botley’ within the name of the parish i.e. ‘Botley and North Hinksey Parish Council’
  • and change to the name from a “Parish Council” to a “Community Council”.

This is now open for public consultation and you can submit comments online up to Friday 29th July. Visit the Community Governance website here to comment.

What happens next?
The Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee will consider the responses and agree whether or not to implement the proposed changes. We aim to implement any changes agreed so that they apply in time for the May 2023 elections. We will post the results of the consultation on their website in Autumn 2022.

If you have any questions on the Community Governance Review, please contact the elections team on cgr@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422528. If you have any questions on the survey or require it in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) please email haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425.

Mosaic sessions in June & July

Mosaic sessions in June & July

There are 5 mosaic workshops at the Seacourt Hall on Thursdays 10am -12pm  from 23rd June to July 21st. 

These are free public sessions with artist Clare Goodall and will form part of her mosaic panels commission for public art in West Way Square. Participants will be able to learn cutting and layout techniques to make mosaics that are required for the designs set out in the plans. Full guidance will be given. All abilities welcome. Attendance is limited to 12 participants in each workshop.If you are interested please contact Lorna Berrett  lberrett.nhpc@gmail.com

Read Clare’s full proposal for mosaic panels in West Way Square.

Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting

Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee: Beacon party Thursday; West Way festival Saturday

The celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee run from the 2nd to the 5th of June. Both Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd are bank holidays. In Botley we have two big celebrations planned as well as some street parties.

Thursday 2nd June – Lighting the Beacon. Party from 7pm

At 9.45pm beacons will be lit in a chain across Britain. Ours is on top of the hill above the Louie Memorial Field – with views to the Cotswolds, the Chilterns and the Ridgeway.  We will join with people from Cumnor to light the beacon, but first, from 7pm, there will be a celebration at the Memorial Field (on Arnolds Way).   There will be a bar (by Tap Social) and a barbeque (by the 15th Oxford Scouts) or you can bring your own food for a picnic. There will be a ‘down the decades’ family-friendly disco. From 9.15 we will collect our candle lanterns and follow the piper to the top of the hill. Then back to the Pavilion for hot chocolate.

Saturday 4th June: West Way Jubilee Festival

On the Saturday of the Jubilee weekend we will have the first open-air party in the new West Way shopping centre with music, games, competitions and entertainment for everyone.

There will be a stage on Church Way and more events in the Seacourt Hall, including a local history exhibition and Jubilee cake competition as well as tea and cakes to buy with proceeds going to the Pavilion fund. Local bands the ‘Botley Crue’ and ‘Barricane’ will be among the performers on the outside stage and we will have singers and martial arts demonstrations from local groups. The Seacourt Bridge will be running an open-air bar.

Local organisations will have stalls and games, there will be a shop window competition for children and  we expect to have a Fire Engine and some classic motorbikes on display.  There will be as much bunting as we can string up around the centre and we are encouraging the residents to take part too with a balcony decorating competition.

Please come along to this community celebration. After 2 years of restrictions this is a great opportunity to kick off the summer with a national and local celebration with your friends, family and neighbours.

Keep an eye out for posters and our Facebook page for details of how to enter the baking and other competitions: https://www.facebook.com/BotleyJubilee2022

Vacancy: relief caretaker, holiday and sick cover

Vacancy: relief caretaker, holiday and sick cover

The Parish Council is looking for one or more part-time relief Caretakers to cover holidays and sick leave for the Caretaker of the Louie Memorial Pavilion and playing fields. The Caretaker’s average working hours are 5 hours a week. The hourly gross salary is £10.37.

This will be a zero hours contract. The caretaker has 4 weeks holiday a year which requires cover plus cover for any sick leave as required. It may suit someone self-employed in a similar role with flexibility in their schedule.

  Depending on the time of year, the duties of the post may include: –

  • Pavilion building checks 3 times a week, safety checks and  maintaining the main hall, kitchen, changing rooms and showers.
  • Weekly play equipment safety checks on the Upper and Lower Louie Memorial Field Play areas.  (Training will be given)
  • Weekly maintenance checks on the defibrillator cabinet
  • Cleaning the MUGA and Children’s Shelter area to remove litter etc. and the maintenance of the Trim Trail equipment. 
  • Litter Picking as necessary in the ‘Lower’ playing field, children’s play area, the copse main paths, the
    ‘Upper’ playing field, its play equipment areas and the Children’s Shelter: reporting any safety hazards.
  • Lime Road Bus Shelter – Clean out once a week.

Download the full Job Description.

Please apply to the Parish Clerk or by post to Parish Office, 5 Church Way, Botley Oxford, OX2 9TH.

New Louie Memorial Pavilion consultation

New Louie Memorial Pavilion consultation

Local survey ahead of revised planning application: Whether or not you were able to make the in-person consultation at the pop-up cafe on Sunday 15th May. You can view the latest version of the plans from NHPC’s architects, give your feedback and tell us your vision for the redeveloped site.

New plans:

Deadline for completing the feedback form is Sunday 22nd May.

Your feedback will be taken into consideration in our revised planning application. Once the application is submitted to the Vale District Council there will be a period of official consultation. We would encourage you to provide your feedback in that consultation where your comments will be considered by the Vale’s planning team who make the decision on the application. We will post the link on this website when available.

Flood Alleviation Scheme: response

Flood Alleviation Scheme: response

NHPC Planning Committee submitted an objection to the current plans for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. 


1.1. North Hinksey Parish Council (NHPC) OBJECTS to the current plans for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, MW.0027/22. Although NHPC recognises the need for flood alleviation measures and supports many aspects of the scheme it does not agree the excavation of a large secondary channel as detailed in the proposal is necessary or desirable. 

1.2. NHPC hopes the scheme will be revised, eliminating the secondary channel and modifying remaining elements as necessary. 

1.3 NHPC recognises the interconnected nature of communities and the environment and has chosen not to limit its comments to matters within North Hinksey Parish. 

1.4 NHPC also has concerns about the independence of the planning process for this application and the economic case for the scheme.

The full response can be read here.

Temporary Road Closure: Eynsham, Oxford Road

Temporary Road Closure: Eynsham, Oxford Road

On 19th May and 1st June between 9:30am and 4pm.

A request has been received from Centurion Traffic Management for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Oxford Road whilst tree felling works are carried out. 

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate on 19 May 2022 and 01 June 2022. This will operate between 09:30 and 16:00.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic can be found here.

Official notice here.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Lydia Parrish on 0113 277 5360 or email Lydia.parrish@centuriontraffic.com

Pavilion Consultation Sunday 15th May

Pavilion Consultation Sunday 15th May

Pop-up Cafe and Pavilion Consultation: Sunday 15th May 3pm-5pm. After two years of delay we are putting lock-down life behind us and cracking on with delivery of a new Louie Memorial Pavilion. Come to the first pop-up cafe of the year this Sunday to see the latest version of the plans from NHPC’s architects, and tell us your vision for the redeveloped site over tea and cake!

There will also be an online feedback form – watch this space.